“Fake news, a democratic crisis for UK, MPs warn”
Tom Baldwin, who has written a book on the relationship between politics and media, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the report’s1 recommendations did not go far enough. “The social media ads that were seen used by Donald Trump and the Leave campaign are the most lethal political weapons ever invented,” Mr Baldwin said.
Will Moy, the head of fact checking charity Full Fact, told the BBC that the same conversation about fake news is going on around the world ‒ and the reaction of some governments had been “quite scary”. He said MPs2 should acknowledge that it is important to also “stand proudly on being an open society and valuing free speech”.
Rules for political advertising have become out of date because they do not work for online, and the transparency of where adverts come
from should be available immediately, he added.
Meanwhile, Jamie Bartlett, the head of think tank3 Demos, said the report is about the “long‑term integrity of elections” so people “trust they are
getting accurate information”.
He said he fears the Brexit debate could distract the focus of the issue.
“So those who are pro‑Brexit will dismiss a lot of it, those who are anti‑Brexit will say ‘this is why we should have another referendum, and then we miss what is essentially far more important: The long‑term health of democracy.”
“Fake news, a democratic crisis for UK, MPs warn”, BBC.com, 2018.
report written by the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on fake news, published by the UK Parliament in 2019
members of the UK Parliament
research and policy institute